The new Formula 1 season is almost upon us which means it is time to take a look at the F1 23 driver ratings!
Since they were introduced a few years ago, Codemasters' rating system has been controversial with both fans and drivers.
Claims that they are created independently of car performance seems odd given they usually follow outcomes rather than actual driver performance.
They stats used have also been very limited, especially with what F1 Manager showed us last year. So what could we see in the F1 23 driver ratings? Let's take a look.
F1 23 driver ratings
Previous F1 games from Codies use four attributes before bringing them together to create an overall rating.
These attributes are:
- Experience: The number of race starts a driver has
- Racecraft: Their ability to overtake and advance positions in races
- Awareness: The ability to avoid incidents, penalties, and other problems
- Pace: Raw speed - Getting closest to fastest qualifying and race lap times, and being their teammate.
All these go into the overall rating. It is a far from perfect system though and has come in for plenty of criticism from fans. This was magnified last year by F1 Manager 2022 which had three categories each made up of three attributes to create their overall rating.
F1 Manager includes things like control, smoothness, braking, reactions, and adaptability and has somewhat put Codemasters to shame.
It's unlikely we will see a radical change to the way F1 23 does its driver ratings as the game was long in development before F1 Manager 2022 arrived last summer. However, it would be nice if something like adaptability would be added to account for wet weather driving.
So who is likely to be at the top of the driver ratings? Well double world champion Max Verstappen is guaranteed to start F1 23 as the top-rated driver bar some wild change in form.
He finished F1 22 with a 95 Rating and is likely to start F1 23 at the same mark. Lewis Hamilton is likely to be hot on his heels around a 93.
Depending on how the season starts though it could easily be swapped around.
Pushing for a podium
Behind those two are likely to be a gaggle of drivers around the 90 Rating mark.
Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso, George Russell, and Lando Norris are all super-fast and will be pushing hard to reach the same level of success as Max & Lewis.
Alonso's new Aston Martin might slow him down and keep his rating a little lower, but that really shouldn't affect his rating too much.
Just behind that tier will be Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, who will head a busy midfield of previous race-winners.
The Alpine pair of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon should be here, along with Valtteri Bottas.
Next will be the experienced guys, Alex Albon, Kevin Magnussen, and the returning Nico Hulkenberg.
It might be harsh, but this is where you will find Lance Stroll, Zhou Guanyu, and Yuki Tsunoda.
The lack of experience for Zhou and Tsunoda will keep their ratings down, while Stroll's inconsistency and error-prone nature will keep his rating toward the back of the pack. Getting beaten every week by Alonso won't help either.
Down here are likely to be the three rookies, Nyck de Vries,Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargent. This might be harsh, but the experience stat won't include de Vries' Formule E championship and Piastri may have dominated F3 & F2 but he just had a year off.
As the only rookie without at least a Formula 2 title to his name, Sargent is a guaranteed to be the lowest-rated Formula 1 driver in F1 23.
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||95|
|Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin||91|
|Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||88|
|Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||86|
|Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||77|
|Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||76|
|Nyck de Vries||AlphaTauri||76|
Codemasters F1 games haven't included reserve drivers before, but once again F1 Manager 2022 showed players what was possible with a driver database. They included the official reserves, giving people the chance to hire Piastri or Antonio Giovinazzi.
It would be great to see them included in F1 23. This would keep Mick Schumacher in the game for example, which would be great for My Team saves.
We think it's unlikely to happen, but we can only hope.